GANG OF YOUTHS+ DEMOB HAPPY
The five piece Sydney band, Gang of Youths, is considered as one of Australia’s most impressive live acts. Comprising members David Le’Aupepe, Joji Malani, Maxwell Dunn, Jung Kim and Dominik Borzestowski; their combined musical talents, ambition and diligence has seen the band receive critical acclaim from Australia and around the globe.
In 2015, their debut record The Positions landed at #5 on the ARIA charts, receiving a multitude of award nominations including five at the Australian ARIA Awards. In 2016, the band continued this trend with their EP, Let Me Be Clear, landing at #2 in Australian charts and selling out venues across Australia and internationally. With it’s profound, humanistic, poetic, and masterful lyricism, Gang of Youth’s music resonates across generations. “I want people to feel affirmed, hopeful, and bigger. It’s about connecting the heart. That’s the most important thing we do”, Le’Aupepe discloses, and with more new music in the works and touring plans, the band’s future is bright.
Watch the video for ‘Radioface’ below:
Plus support from DEMOB HAPPY
Armed only with an arsenal of guitars and northern chips on their slender shoulders, Demob Happy are here to wage a war on cultural mediocrity and political complacency – and they won’t quit until they’ve flipped wigs and taken scalps.
This Newcastle-spawned, Brighton-based quartet had a sound to match their invective. Drawing on the likes of Nirvana, Queens of The Stone Age, Melvins, The Beatles, The Stooges and Kyuss for source material, theirs is off-kilter pop music wrapped up in a barbed-wire body bag, dunked in honey and left out in a woodland clearing for the feral beasts to peck and pick apart. Heavy, heady and with a set of snarling teeth.
Demob Happy’s debut album Dream Soda (released through SO Recordings on October 2nd) is a collection of contrasts: tough and tender, melodic and malevolent. Sweet and sour. Here are sounds reminiscent of Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions had he traded Grade A weed for cheap hash and held them in window-smashing house parties on suburban English streets, Tame Impala at their heaviest or perhaps Kurt Cobain at his sneering, sardonic best. They offer prog rock complexity, but none of the excess. Demob Happy stick a tongue in your ear and a hand down your pants. Primarily they are here to make you dance.
Watch ‘Junk DNA’ below: